Outdoors notebook

Expensive elk: A Knoxville man placed a winning bid of $8,700 for an elk tag that will allow him to participate in Tennessee’s fifth annual elk hunt in October.
Aug 28, 2013

Expensive elk: A Knoxville man placed a winning bid of $8,700 for an elk tag that will allow him to participate in Tennessee’s fifth annual elk hunt in October.

Tommy Dial was among 13 bidders who placed 37 bids during the 10-day eBay auction.

He will join four other hunters who submitted applications and will be selected by a random draw held by the TWRA at a later date. A special Youth Hunt tag also will be issued.

The first auctioned elk tag in 2009 brought $17,000. The bidding had declined since then – last year’s tag brought $6,800 – until the recent 2013 bid.

Proceeds from the tags go to the state’s elk-restoration program.

The hunt will be held Oct. 21-25 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. The Area will be divided into five elk hunting zones, with the five hunters each assigned to a zone. The Youth Hunt will take place on Oct. 26-27. On last year’s inaugural Youth Hunt, a teenage girl from Greenville, Tennessee, bagged a bull elk.

Trap shoot: The Cedar City Gun Club held a special-even shoot last week with these shooters claiming various categories: Chris Cooper, Danny Shaw, Brian Lettrich, Ben Schade, Brent Robinson and Danny Hale.

For information about the weekly trap shoot or other area shooting events contact Schade at the Gun Club.

Labor Day warning: Labor Day, Sept. 2, marks the unofficial end of summer and is traditionally one of the busiest weekends for recreational boaters.

With that in mind, the TWRA plans to step up its presence on such area lakes as Old Hickory and Percy Priest, where boat traffic is always congested.

The TWRA has made enforcement of boating regulations a high priority in recent years, but even so, there have been 10 fatal incidents on area lakes this summer.

A point of emphasis is enforcing Boating Under the Influence (BUI) laws. Operating a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol carries  the same penalties as operating a vehicle on the highway.

Also, TWRA officers are cracking down on violations of flotation device rules. An approved life jacket for each passenger must be aboard each both and readily accessible – not stored away in a compartment.

Fishermen comments: Fishermen are invited to send comments and recommendations for the 2014 season to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

They can be e-mailed to: twra/comment@state.tn.us/twra, called into the TWRA fisheries department at 781-6622, or mailed to: TWRA Fishing Comments, Ellington Agricultural Center, P.O. Box 41489, Nashville, Tn. 37204.

 

OUTDOORS CALENDAR:

 

Aug. 24-Feb. 28: squirrel season

Sept. 1-26: dove season first segment

Sept. 28-Oct. 25: deer archery season

Oct. 12-25: fall turkey season

Nov. 2-Feb. 28: rabbit, quail season

Nov. 9-22: muzzleloader season

Nov. 23-Jan. 5: deer gun season

 

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